Scripture Verse

The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread. 1 Corinthians 11:23

Introduction

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Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 3, num­ber 1, 1709. The Lord’s Sup­per in­sti­tut­ed.

Music: St. Cross (Dykes) John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Solemnity in The Mis­sou­ri Har­mo­ny, by All­en Car­den, 1820. At­trib­ut­ed to Ana­ni­as Da­vis­son (1780–1857) in his Ken­tuc­ky Har­mo­ny, fourth edi­tion, 1821 (🔊 pdf nwc)

Lyrics

’Twas on that dark, that dole­ful night,
When pow­ers of earth and hell arose
Against the Son of God’s de­light,
And friends be­trayed Him to His foes:

Before the mourn­ful scene be­gan,
He took the bread, and blessed, and brake:
What love through all His act­ions ran!
What won­drous words of grace He spake!

This is My bo­dy, broke for sin;
Receive and eat the liv­ing food:

Then took the cup, and blessed the wine;
’Tis the new co­ve­nant in My blood.

For us His flesh with nails was torn,
He bore the scourge, He felt the thorn;
And jus­tice poured up­on His head
Its hea­vy ven­geance in our stead.

For us His vital blood was spilt,
To buy the pardon of our guilt,
When, for black crimes of biggest size,
He gave His soul a sacrifice.

Do this, He cried, till time shall end,
In memory of your dying friend;
Meet at My table, and record
The love of your departed Lord.

Jesus, Thy feast we celebrate,
We show Thy death, we sing Thy name,
Till Thou return, and we shall eat
The marriage supper of the Lamb.

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Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
William Bouguereau, 1880